Twiddling Thumbs Ahead Of A US Data Barrage

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On Tuesday, U.S. stocks ended the day with little change, as investors remain grounded ahead of critical economic data, including the Federal Reserve preferred inflation gauge, which is expected to shed some light on the timing of the first Fed cut. With the corporate earnings season nearing the end of the runway, investors shifted their focus back to economic indicators and the anticipated trajectory of U.S. interest rates. However, in a data-dependent world, when have we never focused on economic data of one type or another?

Traders are keenly aware that the recent components of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Producer Price Index (PPI) have influenced the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE), and it is unlikely that they will receive an inflation print below the Federal Reserve's target rate. This contrasts with the sub-2% prints observed over the past six months. The January CPI and PPI data have shown unexpectedly high readings, hawkishly altering the market landscape. The rates market has shifted from an anticipated six rate cuts by the Federal Reserve in 2024 to just three, indicating that investors might find themselves on the wrong end of the stick if a top-side beat is big enough to threaten the 3 cut narrative.

All in all, Wall Street shimmied within narrow trading ranges. The limited movements are unlikely to provide significant direction for Asian markets as traders are happy to twiddle thumbs ahead of a U.S. data barrage.

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F.X. markets are focused on the RNBZ, which is sometimes viewed as a harbinger of G-10 policy, although its migration swell is causing inflation problems.

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